TechEd Las Vegas was held at the conference center of Venetian hotel from Oct 19th to 23rd. This year’s TechEd was the host to about 6000 participants from around world who gathered to learn about SAP’s strategy, technology and breakthrough innovations. SAP delivered another world-class conference – thanks to the great effort by the SAP colleagues who organized everything well in advance.
Steve Lucas, President of SAP’s Platform & Analytics Solutions kicked off the event on Monday. He delivered a powerful and engaging keynote speech on business economies and how SAP can help companies go digital. Steve explained why it’s important for companies to embrace the digital world and transform themselves into the future. If you have not had a chance to watch Steve’s keynote, be sure to check it out!
Bernd Leukert, the global head of Products and Innovations organization, started the second day by his keynote speech on the story behind #one4 project and how it went viral in social media. He then provided an in-depth overview of SAP HANA Cloud Platform(HCP). His main message? HCP, backed with micro-services developed by thousands of developers and utilizing Hybris technology, is THE platform for business application development in future. Bernd also introduced Cloud for Analytics, SAP’s new analytics platform developed natively in the cloud. SAP Digital Boardroom was also demoed during Bernd’s keynote which attracted a lot of interest among the participants.
The following days were jam packed with outstanding educational, networking and hands on development sessions. As a first time TechEd attendee, I explored various sessions such as HCP, IoT and Cloud. And taking about the Cloud, did you know that SAP is one of the main contributors to Cloud Foundry, an open source platform for cloud applications? If you are interested to learn more, have a look at CloudFoundry.org.
The show floor was another venue for connecting with experts from within or outside of SAP. Being part of IT Partner Management team, I was interested in learning how SAP Partners like our PRM system for managing their relationships with SAP. I was happy to hear that our partners had positive feedback on PRM and the impact it has on their business. I also learned a lot about the innovative offerings from participating partners at TechEd.
At TechEd, I had an opportunity to share my experience on PRM migration to SAP HANA with a small group of attendees at a networking session. The participants found it useful to hear about best practices for migrating external facing business systems(such as PRM) to SAP HANA directly from SAP IT.
Overall, TechEd was very rich in content and provided a lot of opportunities for me to learn more about SAP strategy, product roadmaps and newer technologies such as IoT. More information including session replays can be found on TechEd’s event site. TechEd was tweeted using #SAPtd hashtag during event.
With one of SAP partners,
Gaurav Patel from KloudData.